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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos [Review]

The story revolves around 11-year old Jack Gantos and his shenanigans in the decrepit town of Norvelt. He’s been grounded for the whole summer thanks to one of his said antics but his elderly neighbor Miss Volker, the town obituarist, asked him to help her fulfill her lifelong duty to Eleanor Roosevelt. 227 more words

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#TCRWP Writing: Takeaways Day 3

Jack Gantos was the featured keynote today during the TCRWP June 2016 Writing Institute. And he ended with

“See the stories and be the person who can write the story.

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Book review: The Trouble in Me, by Jack Gantos

Gantos, Jack. The Trouble in Me. Farrar, 2015. $17.99. 224p. 9780374379957. Ages 12-15. P9Q8

Gantos, known for his Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series, is at his best when he uses personal experiences for his novels, and this funny, scary book about 14-year-old Jack’s relationship with his new neighbor, a thug, is no different. 94 more words

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Hole In My Life Book Review

I have recently discovered Jack Gantos, particularly this book — Hole In My Life, a memoir during his younger years. As it turned out, this book talks about the biggest mistake he commits, his life in jail, and how he used those mistakes to learn, and achieve his lifelong dream, that is, to become a writer.


Book review: The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, by Jack Gantos

Gantos, Jack. The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza. (Joey Pigza series.) Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014. $16.99. ISBN 9780374300838. 154 pgs. Ages 10-14. P6Q6

This is the fifth book in the… 123 more words

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"Dead End in Norvelt" -An Unusual Newberry Award Winner

Book Review: Dead End in Norvelt
By Jack Gantos

Spoiler Alert!


Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! 691 more words

Young Adult Book Reviews

Literary spiritualism

It’s YALSA Symposium weekend…two days to talk about Young adults, books and libraries. I don’t often give up a Saturday, but this was definitely worth it. 214 more words

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